Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I think summer is all about hydrangea. Spring is peony time--which I adore, and soon I will post about my 120-year-old peonies--but it's time now to plant additional hydrangea, and you can never have too many.
Mother's Day was a chance for me to add to my ever-growing collection. I prefer the blue.
Hydrangea is also bursting forth elsewhere...
My love of these beautiful plants dates back to my New England family roots...summers on the Cape featured the most magnificent hydrangea. There's just something about the soil and salty air there that really make hydrangea-growing almost effortless. No need for acids to turn the blooms blue.
Our Cape handiwork: Have you ever seen them this enormous?
They're ideal as a walkway complement...this house was a neighbor of ours on Shore Road in Chatham...and it became famous as the "hydrangea house."
This new batch of four plants will likely go in a solid line down near the patio. This year I am also updating all the cushions on the cast-iron chairs and chaises, along with the porch wicker. I have ordered a perfect hydrangea-blue.
They also make a gorgeous addition to a bouquet or cut flowers in a vase. My daughter loves to put them with lilacs.
- Anne Lake
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